12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Michigan (269) 244-5690

Monthly Archive: April 2018

Opening Friday, May 4th! Counting Down the Days…

We’re in high gear now getting ready to open for the 2018 season on Friday, May 4th with our normal daily hours of 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays!

One of the most frequently asked questions is when will we have asparagus? And the answer is:  It depends on the weather. The nights are unusually cool which is holding it back. If those forecasted days of 70 degrees come next week, we’ll know a lot more then and will give you an update.

Bedding plants: We will be stocking vegetables, flower annuals, and tomato plants as they are ready for planting. We have a few seed potatoes (Red Norland). So as you think about your garden needs, you can plan on getting your plants here. We hope to have most of our plants available on opening weekend. FYI: We will not have any onion sets this year to sell as we changed suppliers and varieties.

Straw: We have extra bales of straw available for your mulching needs. They are $6/bale or 4 bales for $20. If you need these before we officially open, just call us and we’ll set up a time to meet you. 269-244-5690.

We are currently harvesting lettuce, spinach, green onions, carrots, and kale in our certified organic hoophouse. You can pick any of that up at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers (the fridge is in the back) or you can call us to make an appointment to pick it up here. We harvest and restock the fridge every week!

The bakery will also open for the year on Friday, May 4th, and yes, they will be making donuts that day. (Reminder: we make our cake donuts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.)  Feel free to place orders ahead for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 13th, by calling or emailing us: 269-244-5690 or coreylakeorchards@gmail.com

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Lemon
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Breads: Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Summer Flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry 
  • Slushies

Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We have lots of ciders, including: Brunch, Ginger, Hometown Hero, Hopped, Currant/Cacao, Sweet, Semi-Sweet, and Dry ciders. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy.

Our cider is also available at The Local in Centreville, The Riviera in Three Rivers, Dussel’s Farm Market in Cassopolis, and Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids. We will re-open our cider and brandy tastings on Memorial Day Weekend.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 this year!

  • If you a on a quest for a unique gift for Mom, Grandma, Aunt, or other person who has nurtured you as a mother would, we are here to help.Looking for a gift from nature? Peruse the variety of pretty flower arrangements already planted in fun containers (made by our own creative Teri) or lettuce bowls for a salad that continues to grow through the season or purchase bedding plants from flowers to herbs to veggies and create your own potted design.
  • Another gift idea is using our fresh produce. We can tie raffia to make an asparagus or rhubarb bouquet for your favorite cook. Organic greens, a favorite? How about a bag of lettuce, or spinach with a salad spinner to clean the greens in the easiest, most efficient way?  (If she doesn’t own a salad spinner, these are a must have. They really make it so much easier to get your greens clean.)
  • Check out the ceramic work by Mollie whose whimsical bowls were in the market last season. She just delivered more stock which includes vases and single stem flowers for hanging that will serve as a lasting reminder of your thoughtfulness.  
  • If the smell of fresh baked goods is a favorite, consider the options from the bakery. Think muffins, donuts, dessert bars, pecan rolls, cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, bread, and more. What could be more comforting than a basket of baked goods?
  • For Mother’s Day (and for any day that you need a gift) Peggy is happy to help make a basket up for you, starting at $10 and adding in what you want. So whether you choose plants, market produce, baked goods, adult beverages, local honey, maple syrup, or spicy mustard or one of our select gift items, a basket can be the perfect present. We really enjoy working with you to share the gifts that celebrate the seasons of life. Call and talk to Peggy, or leave a message for her to call you back, and she will create just what you need in the price range you desire.
  • We can also do gift certificates to allow them to pick out their own goodies. We can do these over the phone with a credit card or mail out for you, or have them waiting for the gift recipient to pick up here.

Happenings on the farm:

Clean, scrub, move, organize and repeat. The crew has been in high gear getting the market,  bakery and surrounding gardens and play areas ready for the year. Brooms, bleach bottles, rakes and even paint brushes were everywhere today!

Thanks Amy!

We planted, planted, planted. Tuesday the crew got 32 rows of black plastic mulch in the field ready for our plantings of vegetables, tomatoes and melons, which you will see on the west side of AL Jones Road. Then we put 16 rows of sweet corn in before the rain hit that night. Wednesday we started at sunrise planting 25,000 onion sets. Tomorrow we will get all of our “cold crop”  brassica plants in, things like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi and the like.

Terri unloading onion plants (all 25,000 in one van!)

Emma Grace watering the cold crop plants

Two days of feeding the planter with onion  plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The delayed spring has caused planting issues for the unheated organic hoophouse. So we have had to turn the cold storage into a “warm storage” where Becca has to move them in at night and back out during the days. We will all be happy to see a forecast with no more nights below freezing!

Tomato plants enjoying the afternoon sun.

The greenhouse tomatoes are coming along great, maybe 25 days till the first BLT.

Yes, someone always has to be different—-this plant has jumped two feet above the others!!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we are counting down the days until we see you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Opening Friday, May 4th for the 2018 Season!

Mother Nature has us using a new word – “Sprinter” – to describe this spring…which seems to be stuck in winter mode.  “Sprinter” has us going through a range of emotions–none of which we could find an emoji for! We’re pleased that the cold weather has held back bud development in all of the fruit, which will delay the bloom time when there should be reduced risk of damaging frosts. We are less pleased with the wet and cold soil delaying planting of vegetables and other field work. The official growing degree day charts which farmers use to judge when to plant and plant development has us at least one week to ten days later than what has been a normal Michigan spring. But we all know there really isn’t a normal anymore when it comes to Pure Michigan weather. So we’ll keep you posted as everything develops.

Organic lettuce starts covered in snow on 4/18 — thankfully a cold hardy crop.

So, despite Mother Nature being confused, we’re moving forward and preparing to open for the 2018 season on Friday, May 4th with our normal daily hours of 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays!

We typically have asparagus and rhubarb ready when we open, but check back with us as it will depend on the weather if they are ready in time. (Get used to hearing that phrase again!)

Bedding plants: We will be stocking vegetables, flower annuals, and tomato plants as they are ready for planting, along with seed potatoes and onion sets. So as you think about your garden needs, plan on getting your plants here. We hope to have most of our plants available on opening weekend.

Straw: We have extra bales of straw available for your mulching needs. They are $6/bale or 4 bales for $20. If you need these before we officially open, just call us and we’ll set up a time to meet you. 269-244-5690.

The bakery will also open for the year on Friday, May 4th, and yes, they will be making donuts that day. (Reminder: we make our cake donuts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.) More to come on the offerings they will have for this opening weekend and what they are planning for Mother’s Day Weekend so that you can place your orders for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 13th.

Next week we will give you a line up of the other local and Michigan made products that we will be carrying again this year, along with some new ones. And some ideas on Mother’s Day gifts!

We are currently harvesting lettuce, spinach, green onions, carrots, and kale in our certified organic hoophouse. You can pick any of that up at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers (the fridge is in the back) or you can call us to make an appointment to pick it up here. We harvest and restock the fridge every week!

Becca has been locked away in the cidery for many hours this winter and spring and will be introducing some interesting new ciders when we open as well as we will have some of your favorites from last year, including: Brunch, Ginger, Hometown Hero, Currant/Cacao, Sweet, Semi-Sweet, and Dry ciders. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy.

Our cider is also available at The Local in Centreville, The Riviera in Three Rivers, Dussel’s Farm Market in Cassopolis, and Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids. We will re-open our cider and brandy tastings on Memorial Day Weekend.

Happenings on the farm:

We got our potatoes planted on Friday before the rain hit. On hand to help us plant was our new employee, Austin, who comes to us with extensive experience from his own family’s potato farm. Austin will be primarily helping us with maintenance and IPM work (Integrated Pest management) this year, and probably will get pulled into just about everything else here with his desire to learn about the full cycle of fruit and vegetable production all the way to a customer’s plate. Welcome Austin!

Austin checking seed potato depth

If you drive by, you’ll see the straw has been spread on the strawberry fields, which serves as a weed mulch, keeps the berries cleaner by not having them touch the soil, and makes it much more comfortable for those who get right down on their hands and knees when they pick!

The asparagus field has gone through the spring preparation steps of being mowed down and lightly disked…..now just awaiting warm temperatures to get it to push through the soil.

The greenhouse tomatoes are coming along great!   As soon as they turn red, it’s BLT time!

We’re into spring pruning this week, finishing the blueberries, plums, cherries and pears, taking advantage of these extra days when we can’t be planting in the field.

The plans for the next few weeks are to prepare the fields and plant, plant, plant.

Once again we will be sharing more about the happenings here on the farm via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so find us there and enjoy the days along with us.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Playing hide and week in the greenhouse on a “Sprinter” day